Our Impact

Leading A New Kind Of Banking

Rooted in rural Colorado, we're a people's network. We help drive our local economies and communities forward. We understand the diverse stories and backgrounds through our regions, because we live them, every day, alongside you. We're driven by family, tradition, values and Western culture. We're resolved to fuel innovation. do things differently, and pioneer new models, new markets and new businesses.

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PERFORMANCE-oriented. principles-led.

Creative Financing & Innovator Dedication

At First Southwest Bank, creative financing for small, local businesses runs through our veins. Hear some of the stories of rural Colorado's small business innovators and how we were able to help their business flourish. 

 

Hear more of our customer's small business Success Stories and learn about our entrepreneur dedication on our blog.

 

Community Development Financial Institution

First Southwest Bank is honored to be the only bank in Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners region designated as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). 

A certification from the United States Treasury for banks that provide access to credit and financial services to underserved communities. Our CDFI Initiatives allow us to improve the quality of lives in our communities by promoting economic growth through categorically unique programs attainable by all. 

Click here for more information about how CDFI provides a continuous win-win for all.

Some of our recent community projects include:

  • Supporting & Leading Cooking Matters, Money Matters
  • Donating to the Snap Double-Up Program - funding attainable healthy food options from our local farmers and farmers' markets, for all levels of income
  • LPEA On-Bill Financing - making sustainable energy opportunities on your home attainable
  • Local High School Student Banazai Financial Literacy Program Funding
  • Volunteering for Teach Children to Save Day Financial Counseling
  • Local First Membership

Learn more about our recent community impacts on our blog.

First Southwest Community Fund

First Southwest Community Fund supports the dedicated entrepreneurial spirit of rural Colorado, by investing in the people, culture, and ideas that fuel innovation and financial knowledge in our community, with an emphasis on areas of greatest need.

As a 501c3, First Southwest Community Fund supports the dedicated entrepreneurial spirit of rural Colorado, by investing in the people, culture, and ideas that fuel innovation and financial knowledge in our community, with an emphasis on areas of greatest need. Programs and projects through First Southwest Community Fund directly support individuals and families who want to improve financial stability, start a business, or purchase and maintain a home. First Southwest Community Fund helps create jobs, encourages the development of critical community infrastructure and provides new educational opportunities for identified populations. First Southwest Community Fund achieves this by providing low-cost business and agricultural lending, and financial empowerment of individuals that may not otherwise qualify for loans from conventional banking.
  • Providing low-cost business and agricultural lending
  • Supporting educational programs that prepare people to participate in the mainstream economy
  • Enhancing early learning and development opportunities
  • Augmenting technology and other public amenities

Learn more and about recent impacts at fswcf.org.